Unlike teachers, employers don’t necessarily prompt you to ask questions. When you’re in a job, the only way you can learn and progress quickly is by taking your own initiative, asking questions and being proactive.
While most managers and directors are too busy themselves to be continually thinking of extra tasks and projects you could be working on, it’s up to you to try and fill in the gaps of what could be achieved.
Most of the time employees will be too nervous to ask questions as they’re too concerned that their questions may tarnish their intelligence in front of their peers. However, if you prolong the not knowing, then you’re likely to waste time, energy and create spells of frustration when your question is probably completely justifiable. We can’t be experts right away and so your curiosity and enthusiasm will show your employer you’re eager and willing - qualities which are highly regarded.
When your manager is thinking out loud, making comments such as; “Wouldn’t it be nice if we had this additional reporting,” Or “We don’t have a how-to guide on…,” take the initiative to complete some of these tasks to fill in the gaps. Avoid just executing what you’ve been assigned with and start proving you can take on the extra responsibilities.
Many of us are guilty of not documenting our accomplishments. However when taking on more than what is expected, it’s essential we keep records of our achievements. You will most likely find that you surprise yourself with what you’ve achieved and how far you’ve progressed. Documenting your work will assist you when putting your case forward on why you should be climbing that ladder.
Don’t lose that time where you could be learning and building new skills, - ask questions, be proactive and continually use your own initiative to drive the recognition and the promotion you deserve.
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